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St. John's
Antigua and Barbuda

The island of Antigua was named by Christopher Columbus in honor of Maria de la Antigua, a saint. This island has been inhabited by indigenous peoples since 200 years BC. Subsequently, the English established plantations and brought in African slaves. The country gained independence from Great Britain in 1981.

The capital of the island is St John. It contains remnants of the time when the city was an important naval base for the British Navy. Today, St John is a popular destination for sailing enthusiasts and large gatherings take place there such as the Antigua Yacht Show and Antigua Sailing Week.

Useful Information

Language

English

Currency

XCD
Eastern Caribbean dollar

Currency Converters:  
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XE

Time difference

UTC: -5

from New York: None

from San Francisco: +2h

from London: -5h

Tips

A 15% tip will be appreciated in restaurants.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celcius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
22 72
25 77
28 82
722.75
February
22 72
25 77
28 82
381.50
March
22 72
25 77
29 84
441.75
April
23 73
26 79
29 84
562.25
May
24 75
27 81
30 86
1014.00
June
25 77
28 82
30 86
763.00
July
25 77
28 82
31 88
913.50
August
25 77
28 82
31 88
1204.75
September
25 77
28 82
31 88
1395.50
October
24 75
27 81
30 86
1164.50
November
24 75
27 81
30 86
1064.25
December
23 73
26 79
28 82
1014.00

Where is locate the St. John's cruise port

You will dock at one of the three docks. **Heritage Quay** and **Nevis pier** are located in the centre of the city. The **St. John's Deepwater Harbour** is 10 to 15 minutes by taxi ($10 to $15).

Travelling around the port of St. John's

It is possible to walk around and explore the city from the Heritage Quay and Nevis piers. However, if you are docking at St. John’s Deepwater Harbour, you will need to take a taxi or shuttle. There is no sidewalk on the side of the street and the neighbourhood that separates it from the city is more or less inviting.

Buses depart from the public market, but their schedule (approximately 30 minutes) is not very precise.

Hertz and Dollar rent cars. A temporary permit will be required. Rental companies can sell it to you.

Taxis are for the majority of minivans and it will be more economical to share the race by forming a group. You can negotiate the price of the race.

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Activities in St. John's

Historical sites

Historic monument where you can learn more about the time when St. John was a shipyard for the British Navy.

Landmarks

Cathedral of St John the Divine

Cathedral built in 1845.

Museums

Learn about the history of the island from the Amerindian peoples who inhabited the island to the plantations era.

Beaches

Valley Church Beach

Located 20 minutes from St John’s, this beach is pretty and quiet.

Pigeon Point Beach

This beach is popular with residents.

Jabberwock Beach

Popular for windsurfing.

Dickenson Bay

A lively beach 15 minutes from St John’s.

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